Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has urged his players to play as if there is no tomorrow in Tuesday evening’s Premier League match (April 19) against Manchester United. The German tactician believes the Reds must be “angry” and “greedy” to get the result they need at Anfield.
Aspiring Liverpool in the Premier League will receive struggling Manchester United Ralph Rangnick in the 32nd round match. Klopp’s team is approaching the match after its 3-2 victory in the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City. On the other hand, the Red Devils achieved a 3-2 victory over Norwich City in their last league game thanks to a superb hat-trick of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Reds are second in the English Premier League standings. The team is currently in first place, 19 points behind fifth-placed United, who have played one game more. However, the former Borussia Dortmund coach is unwilling to look at the Gulf for the quality between the two teams. Instead, encourage the UEFA Cup champions to play as if they haven’t won a single point this season. Klopp told Reuters in his pre-match conference:
“We have to get angry in a good way and all that stuff. Greed, really, like you if you don’t win anything, like you’re going to get zero points which are the three most important points in your life. That’s actually the attitude we need for this match because the quality is very high and it’s good. Too much for not being in that mood.”
In the opposite match at Old Trafford earlier in the camp, Liverpool inflicted a historic 5-0 defeat on the Red Devils. The Premier League’s top scorer this season, Mohamed Salah, scored a hat-trick to seal the Reds’ sure win in their opponents’ most prominent backyard.
Manchester United could do better against Liverpool than in the reverse game
In their previous meeting last November, the Red Devils were shocked by the sheer speed, strength, and ferocity of their old rivals. They have struggled to take advantage of the space left by the Liverpool defenders and have given in to their relentless pressure.
On Tuesday night we could see a noticeably more consistent performance. They are certainly not on the same level as Liverpool, but Rangnick would be better suited to exploit the holes in the home team’s defence. The Manchester United manager is a defender of high-pressure football and has had occasional success with the strategy this season.
Of course, it all boils down to implementation; Players’ commitment to the cause. If every Manchester United player turns up tonight, the match could be a high-octane treat for neutral spectators.